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Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés with batá drum
Carol Friedman / courtesy of the artist

On Jazz Caliente this Saturday, we'll hear a selection from the latest release by Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés, "Jazz Batá 2."  The album was nominated this week for Best Latin Jazz Album by the 20th Annual Latin Grammys. Let's meet a few of the other 2019 Latin Grammy nominees.

Grammy nominee Elio Villafranca in the studio
Kasia Idzkowska / courtesy of the artist

The 61st Grammy Awards show is this Sunday at 5 p.m. We'll revisit some of the nominees for the "Best Latin Jazz Album" category this week on Saturday Jazz Caliente. Here's a Jazz Caliente video extravaganza to help introduce you to these outstanding artists:

Chucho Valdés poses in the press room with the award for best latin jazz album for "Tribute to Irakere: Live in Marciac" at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.
Chris Pizzello/Invision / AP

Chucho Valdés, the pianist/composer/bandleader often referred to as "The Duke Ellington of Cuba," will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Grammys in a private ceremony on Tuesday November 13.

Flautist Nestor Torres in the studio
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Last week, the Latin Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards.   On Saturday Jazz Caliente this week we'll hear from one of this year's nominees for Best Latin Jazz Album, flute master Nestor Torres.  Let me introduce you to the rest of the nominees:

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón's album "Típico" is nominated for a Latin Grammy
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The 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony takes place on Thursday November 16 in Las Vegas.  This week on Saturday Jazz Caliente, we'll sample the albums nominated for the Latin Grammy's Best Latin Jazz Album, and one that's in the Best Instrumental Album category.